Just before Christmas, Prospects in the City held a successful Law Careers in Practice session, helping aspiring lawyers in Years 11 to 13 gain experience across various elements of the legal profession.
The programme was structured to give students a comprehensive guide to working in law, and began with an introduction from BPP Law School, one of the leading providers of professional legal training in the UK. Students heard about the careers available and the personal qualities and skills required, and learned the difference between barristers and solicitors.
To give the students exposure to work undertaken by solicitors, the programme included visits to Gibson Dunn, a global firm which represents 'corporate giants' like Apple, Amazon and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and gave a taster of work in a smaller firm with a visit to Penningtons Solicitors LLP. There, trainee solicitors answered questions about their experiences.
Would-be barristers watched a trial at the Old Bailey, London’s principal criminal court. This was followed by a visit to Garden Court Barristers' Chambers, set in the heart of the traditional legal area of Chancery Lane and Holborn. Garden Court specialises in cases of human rights, social justice and equality, and two practising barristers answered questions from the students.
Workshops covered routes into law, by a vocational route or university, university applications, personal statement writing and developing 'soft skills' essential to legal careers.
One student said, "It was great to be able to meet and hear from the best in the industry," while another added, "The experience has given me greater understanding of all aspects of the law, the British legal system and the legal profession."
Further Careers in Practice sessions will take place in February and April 2013, covering industries such as media and architecture. For more information, visit www.prospectsinthecity.co.uk, or contact Katie Mawhinney, firstname.lastname@example.org